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Bait Shop [DVD]

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Bill Engvall, Billy Ray Cyrus, Billy Joe Shaver. Forced to pony up $15,000 to keep the bank from foreclosing on his bait shop, a Southern bass master enters a fishing tournament and goes head-to-head against his bitter bait shop rival. Talk about reel" funny! 2008/color/85 min/PG/widescreen.

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Bait Shop stars the eternally affable yet exasperated comedian Bill Engvall as Bill Dugan, owner of a homey but smalltime bait shop. Bill's job and self-respect are threatened when arrogant fishing celebrity Hot Rod Johnson (Billy Ray Cyrus, better known as Miley's dad) opens a massive fishing superstore right next door. Only by challenging Hot Rod in a bass fishing tournament can Bill set things right! Bait Shop is a bundle of clumsy cliches made somewhat tolerable by a likable cast (including outlaw country music singer Billy Joe Shaver as Bill's mentor) and an enthusiastic performance by Cyrus, who clearly enjoys being the bad guy for once. High points include Bill having a bar fight while dressed in a fish costume and Bill wrestling an obviously rubber bass into his boat. There are many declarations about how fishing used to be more pure and how friendship is the most important thing in life. Extras include a standard-issue making-of documentary, some beautiful shots of the local landscape (which, inexplicably, never got used in the movie itself), some understandably deleted scenes and some scenes of the cast goofing around. All in all, not much effort was put into making either the movie or the DVD. --Bret Fetzer

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Product Details

  • Actors: Bill Engvall, Billy Ray Cyrus
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: September 2, 2008
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001BEK8HE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,366 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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No bad language, no innuendo, just good clean fun from Bill Engvall and Billy Ray Cyrus. I had no idea that Bill could really act. Sure some of the jokes are corny, but just sit back, relax, and just enjoy.
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I'm a fan of Bill Engvall, one of the nicest, most family-friendly of the 'blue-collar' comedians, and "Bait Shop" plays to his strengths, as the debt-ridden but easy-going owner of a run-down bait shop frequented by an array of likable oddballs. With the bank calling in his mortgage, he is about to lose everything, and resign himself to a menial job with his smarmy, successful father-in-law, 'The Mattress King' (Harve Presnell)...but the Bass Masters Professional Fishing Tournament is in town, with a $50,000 prize, and a rules loophole that allows him (an amateur and past champion) to compete...against the world's greatest angler, egotistical Hot Rod Johnson (Billy Ray Cyrus). Can Engvall, with his rusty boat, ancient equipment, and long-latent fishing instincts, defeat state-of-the-art, high-powered 21st century technology? Do you have any doubt?

This isn't 'classic' comedy in any sense, but it never falls into the rut of 'toilet humor' (a frequent problem of the films of Engvall's peers), and it does promote positive family values, which is a happy 'plus'. Engvall is a 'natural', on camera, possessing the same kind of screen 'likability' as Tim Allen, and he and Cyrus play off each other surprisingly well.

"Bait Shop" isn't a 'must-have' kind of film, but makes a pretty good 'family movie night' entry!
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First off this is a dumb movie that is very much a straight to DVD type of movie. That being said - it was a GREAT dumb movie that is very much a straight to DVD type of movie. As a fishing type of guy with a 20 year old bass boat we've rebuilt and patched together I can relate to fishing alongside those GaZillion Dollar boats on the lake. The writing was actually pretty good and Bill Engvall did a pretty good job.

The characters hanging at the bait shop were funny as well. Heck, even Billy Ray Cyrus did an amazing job being a stuck up pro on the tour. I think he had some of the best lines in the movie. When he found out his young admirer was Engvall's son he said something along the lines of "This is your son? I thought he was some wayward street orphan." Not an exact quote but you get the idea. He did however sport some of the ugliest clothes in cinematic history.

In fact, that's what I really didn't enjoy about the movie were the over the top fishing clothes Cyrus wore. I think a better idea would have been just to suit him up like any other pro and let his character's ego set him up as the villain. But... I have to admit his Elvis Style fishing Jumpsuit would turn heads out on the dock.

It's not an academy award winner but it is a good clean family fun movie; especially if you still have a real local bait shop. Take it for what it's worth, a straight to DVD movie for fishing folk.
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By Paul on November 8, 2011
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The plot is predictable and corny, about a big monster fishing store opening across the road from the struggling mom and pop store. Smug and cocky fishing champ and owner of the new store constantly rubs mom and pop owner's face in his failures. The language and content is quite family friendly (which is why I bought it). And, I don't need to tell you how it ends, because it's really, as I said earlier, predictable. But, in spite of all that, the acting's not all that good. It's still fun.
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I was told by a 10 year old girl (the one who sold it to me at the flea market) this was a real good film. This film is to bass fishing what Rocky is to boxing...almost. Bill Dugan (Bill Engvall) owns a bait shop on a lake. He has a cast of regulars in the shop which reminded my of the scenes by the fence in "King of the Hill" which include one man (Rus Blackwell) into conspiracy theories. Bill has a wonderful wife (Mary Rachel Dudley), a son (Vincent Martella) who needs some adjusting, a father-in-law (Harve Presnell) who is wealthy, and unfortunately a balloon payment on his shop.

To make matters worse the flashy bass fisherman, Hot Rod Johnson (Billy Ray Cyrus) has opened a fish emporium store next to Bill's Bait Shop. Bill enters the local fishing tournament were the prize is $50,000 in order to save his shop. Bill uses his old fashion fishing methods, while Hot Rod uses the latest high tech fish finders.

The comedy was simple. The story ignores the fact of any zoning discussions, or how one must legally land a fish in a tournament. While the movie creates characters, most of them were caricatures.

A fairly good film for family night. Only very slight innuendos, such as when Bill and his wife wake up, he places his arm around her and she says, "No." Girls in bikinis.
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By j*pf* on April 26, 2013
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Bait Shop, This one will hook you! Bill Engvall and Billy Ray Cyrus are Great together. Bill and Billy are so funny you better wear a life jacket watching this one just in case you fall in! Any many do during this one. One thing I learned about this DVD is that when it comes to size of fish or your rod, size does matter! Everyone in this DVD did a great job. This is so Funny you will laugh your Bass off!
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